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The earth and ocean were not hush'd to hear
From all the cherub choirs
And seraph's burning lyres PourM through the host of Heaven the charmed clouds along.
One angel troop the strain began,
Of all the race of man
By simple shepherds heard alone,
That soft Hosanna tone.
H. H. Milman
The Holy Son of God most high,
Quit the sweet pleasure of the sky,
His robes of light He laid aside,
And the frail state of mortal tried,
The Son of God thus man became,
And by their second birth regain
AN HYMN ON THE NA TIVITY OF
I sing the birth was born to night,
The angels so did sound it.
Yet search'd, and true they found it.
The Son of God, th' Eternal King,
And freed the soul from danger;
Was now laid in a manger.
The Father's wisdom will'd it so,
Both wills were in one stature:
And took on Him our nature.
What comfort by Him do we win,
To make us heirs of glory!
Can man forget this story?
THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
The moon is hid ; the night is still;
The Christmas bells from hill to hill
Four voices of four hamlets round,
Were shut between me and the sound.
Each voice four changes on the wind, That now dilate, and now decrease, Peace and goodwill, goodwill and peace,
Peace and goodwill, to all mankind.
Rise, happy morn ! rise, holy morn!
The light that shone when hope was born.
Gloomy night embraced the place
Where the noble Infant lay;
In spite of darkness it was day.
We saw Thee in Thy balmy nest,
Bright dawn of our eternal day;
And chase the trembling shades away:
Welcome to our wond'ring sight,
Eternity shut in a span!
Heaven in earth! and God in man!
Suggested by a Picture of the Adoration of the Magians
Little pomp or earthly state
On the Saviour's way might wait;
Few the homages, and small,
That the guilty earth at all
Was permitted to accord
To her King and hidden Lord.
Therefore do we set more store
On those few, and prize them more:
Dear to us for this account
Is the glory of the Mount,
When bright beams of light did spring
Thro' the sackcloth covering,
Rays of glory found their way
Dear for your own sake, whence are ye?